The US Consulate in Nigeria trained 150 media professionals in election coverage ahead of the 2023 election.

The two-day South-South geopolitical zone meeting concluded on Wednesday in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, the News Agency of Nigeria reported.

U.S. Consul General Will Stevens, speaking via videoconference at the event, assured the U.S. government of its support for deepening democracy in Nigeria.

Stevens was represented by Joe Kruzich, public affairs officer at the U.S. Consulate.

According to him, the Election Reporting Project is an intervention project supported by the US Consulate to support Nigerian journalists, videographers and photojournalists to adequately cover the 2023 elections.

He explained that the ERP is part of the US Consulate’s ongoing support for democratic development in Nigeria in partnership with the West African Broadcasting and Media Institute and the Enugu Literary Society.

NAN reported that the main coordinator was Professor Chris Ulasi, Dean of the School of Communication and Chair of the Department of Radio, Television and Film at Texas Southern University in Houston, USA.

Other moderators included Professor Lai Oso, former Dean of the Faculty of Communication, Lagos State University, and Associated Press investigative reporter Grace Ekpu.

Earlier, Ulasi, a professor at the University of Nigeria based in the United States, noted that the global focus was on Nigeria and urged journalists to cover the election process effectively and professionally.

The ongoing workshop, which spans geopolitical regions and draws participants from broadcast, print and online journalism, was held earlier in Ibadan, while a Lagos session is scheduled for November 24.

Speaking on behalf of the participants, broadcast journalist Carl Orakwue thanked the organizers for the workshop, which he called timely.

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